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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:41 am 
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In Missouri, we called all those "hatchets."

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In Missouri, we called all those "hatchets."


I was just wondering since some HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts folks bought these "tomahawks" that looked exactly like Francisca, or hatchet.

Was wondering if they'd also call the spear trainer 'yari', because, apparently, nothing European is cool enough for Historical European Martial Arts.

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In foresty areas and in the north axes were a pivotal part of farmer's life - you'd need firewood to survive the winter, lots of it. You would have an axe and you'd invest in a good axe because it would be essential to staying alive.

Since you'd typically be seen carrying the axe with you as it is also a hammer and a versatile utility tool it also turns into a easily reached self defense weapon.

Vikings for instance were typically farmers, they'd take to their ships when winter came in and they'd primarily trade with people but if presented with an opportunity they'd raid and pillage, turning from traders and explorers to a raiding party in a heartbeat, not least due to their warrior culture.

Their primary weapon was the spear. Spear and a shield is what you take with you to a war, in some ways spears and shields can be advantageous to pikes whereas pikes have other advantages. For small parties the shorter spear allows more versatility if you face enemies one to one, pikes really only work to full potential with highly disciplined tight formations that have been drilled to perfection.

Swords were common among Vikings as well, but not everyone is going to afford or at the least prefer one. Eric Lowe wrote a great article on - what is socially acceptable and what is and isn't awkward to carry with you when you go to the market to buy fish, when you visit a tavern and so on. While big two handed polearms are no doubt 'the best' weapons, it would be rare outside of a war to see someone carry a 6 foot halberd with him everywhere all the time.

He notes that it was common phenomena through ages that the larger the town the less accepted it was to carry lots of heavy equipment with you - and it might not even be legal in some cases. In fact when you're inside city walls and getting some fish or hitting a tavern you are less likely to choose a best weapon but rather a convenient weapon that is maybe cheap but especially easy to carry with you and which won't cause serious widespread frowning.

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Am posting this because I've a crush on the announcer, now I'll be able to see her when ever I want.
Besides, bet you don't know what a Singapore SWAN is? ;)

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If there is ever a day that you are down or despondent about something, think of Paul Vice and the others in this video.
If they can overcome, then your problems are a walk in the park.

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If there is ever a day that you are down or despondent about something, think of Paul Vice and the others in this video.
If they can overcome, then your problems are a walk in the park.
So true.

He and others like him are the heroes I read about in my youth, no super hero powers. Just plain old blood and guts guys plus all volunteers.

We've got at least one of their ilk right here in river city ... my hat is off to 'em, hope they're not a dying breed.

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Just because leftist media has decided to do their best to turn all patriots into a pariah class, it doesn't mean they no longer exist.

I've met some in my age class and even in the younger ones.

It is true, that media hates military and portrays patriotism as satan worship or worse doesn't encourage people to try and be like that.

But it takes time for these kinds of mentalities and people to die off.

After all, they're people who are built to endure. The kinds of folks that can dive to hell, stand their ground there and come back and tell about it, they take a lot more to go down than some commie media saying that they're fascist.

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